Spiral Eddies

Gulf of Oman (1)

Gulf of Oman (1)

Flight 41G; 24N, 58E, 6 April 1984

Observations of spiral eddies in other parts of the oceans show that they are seen best where surfactants are spread across the sea's surface. Petroleum surface slicks also provide a fairly good background in the sun's reflection, but the oil is not as evenly spread as the natural surfactants. The result is less detail.
    A good example of an "oily surface view" was seen by the crew of the Challenger as the shuttle orbited over the southern Gulf of Oman in April 1984. The extent of the pollution coming through the Strait of Hormuz was apparent in this scene.

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